Hi Bret, I sail Superior, although I've never done the route
you propose. I'm based out of Thunder Bay, ON, and mostly sail the Canadian north and east shore.
As you already know, Lake Superior
is not to be trifled with. It is a lake in name only. In every way except having salt water
, it is really an inland sea. Due to the continental location of the Great Lakes
tends to be quite variable, so watch out for rapidly moving cold fronts, as well as thunder storms (especially on the south shore).
I've never sailed your proposed route. A glance at the charts
suggests it is pretty open, with few anchorages
or places to get off should things get ugly. Looking at the Great Lakes Cruising Club
harbour reports, there is one anchorage at Presque Isle River. Other than that there are just a couple of marinas
available to you along the way. I'd recommend that, along with the proper charts
, you get a hold of Bonnie Dahl's Superior Way guide book. It is the bible for cruisers up here. She lists all the viable anchorages and marinas
Personally, if this was my first trip on Superior in a small boat
, I would head
into the Apostles. There are far more anchorages available, and the islands will offer shorter hops with much more protection should all hell break loose.